Set in the former grounds of the Wandesforde Estate, Castlecomer Discovery Park comprises of 80 acres of stunning natural woodland and lakes. It began as a community project to rejuvenate the town of Castlecomer following the closure of the coal mines in 1969.
This relatively ‘young’ park opened to the public in 2007 with the launch of the Coal Mining Exhibition, Visitor Centre and Design Craft studios which are located in the former stable yard. The Park continues to evolve and is actively developing a range of exciting recreational, cultural and educational activities for visitors of all ages.
The Park has grown from strength to strength since it first opened. Attracting thousands of visitors each year with over 120,000 in 2016. Castlecomer Discovery Park won the 2015 Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce Business Award for Culture/Heritage Tourism.